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FRVTA’s Convention to Offer ‘Super Hero’ Theme

September 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For a few days starting next week, the Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Myers, Fla., will be overrun with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and all other sorts of superheroes. It’s not a Comic Con, though. The capes and spandex are part of “Discover Your Inner Hero! RV Con 2015,” which is the theme of the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) 35th annual state convention, scheduled for Sept. 10-12. Lance Wilson, FRVTA executive director, said the association has enjoyed a “great... Read more

Patrick Acquires Key Wood Supplier to RV Market

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Sept. 1) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Edwardsburg, Mich.-based North American Forest Products Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, North American Moulding LLC (collectively, “North American”). The Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier reported in a news release that North American is a major manufacturer and distributor, primarily for the recreational vehicle industry, of profile wraps, custom mouldings, laminated... Read more

RVIA’s Hugelmeyer is Hitting the Ground Running

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Hugelmeyer Frank Hugelmeyer, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) president-elect since joining RVIA on July 13, will take the helm as the association’s new president on Oct. 1. He succeeds Richard Coon, the longtime RV industry veteran who has served as president for the past 10 years. During his opening weeks at RVIA, Hugelmeyer has been working closely with Coon as well as meeting with staff and members to become more familiar with the pressing issues facing the... Read more

Carriage Employee Reunion Held at Fairgrounds

August 31, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Over 300 former Carriage employees attended Saturday’s reunion Some 300 people gathered Saturday (Aug. 29) in the Community Building at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., for a relatively unusual event in the business world – a first-ever luncheon reunion for former employees of iconic towable builder Carriage Inc. that collapsed in the wake of the Great Recession. Once a stable higher-end RV manufacturer known for its Carriage, Cameo, Cabo, Carri-Lite and Royals International... Read more

RVIA will Celebrate Coon’s 10 Years as President

August 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Coon at RVIA Committee Week 2015 The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will honor Richard Coon for his 10 years of service as the association’s president during a special celebration on Sept. 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Ga., during the board the director’s meeting. According to a report in RVIA Today Express, the gala event will draw friends and colleagues from across the industry to salute Coon, who will retire from RVIA on Oct. 1. The evening, co-hosted by RVIA... Read more

Ron Lee Planning to Revive Country Coach Brand

August 26, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

Country Coach employees with Allure prototype The legendary Country Coach brand is about to make a comeback on the American road as a high-end, production-type Class A motorcoach if all goes according to the plans of Country Coach Corp. President & CEO Ron Lee. Lee is the younger brother of Bob Lee — founder and CEO of the original Junction City, Ore.-based Country Coach Inc. that was liquidated after bankruptcy in 2009. Ron Lee purchased the company’s assets and intellectual property... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Slip 3.1% in July; Rise 4.4% YTD

August 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments to retailers totaled 27,106 units in the July survey of manufacturers, off 3.1% from this same month last year. All categories of vehicles participated in the slight decline with the exception of truck campers and Class A motorhomes where gains in shipments were restored. Through July this year, RV manufacturers have reported total wholesale shipments of 229,759 units, a gain of 4.4% over this same period last year. Seasonally adjusted, July’s total represented an annual rate... Read more

SSI: Trailer Sales Drive June Towables Up 15.7%

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable RV retail registrations grew 15.7% in June and 16.7% for the first six months of 2015, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by category showed: Sales for the high volume travel trailer segment jumped 18.6% for the month and 20.1% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations were up 7.8% for June and 9.9% for the first six months. Folding camping trailer sales rose 11.3% for the month but edged down 1.9% year-to-date. Park model RV... Read more

OEM Model Release Prime Topic at TRVA Meeting

August 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The timing of RV manufacturers’ model release dates was a prime topic during the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association’s (TRVA) annual meeting Aug. 15-17 at the La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. During a 2 1/2-hour dealers-only meeting, frustration was expressed – as it has been for years by recreational vehicle dealers to no avail – that models for the following year sometimes debut as early as March in the previous year. ”Dealers feel that something needs to... Read more

Thumbs Up For Industry’s Trade Show Prospects

August 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial shot of Thor Open House display at the Hall of Fame As the industry looks toward the fall and winter trade show season, RV manufacturers and association-based show promoters are decidedly upbeat regarding the prospects for the industry’s trade-related events – thanks in large part to a resilient marketplace in which retail inventories still seem to be in order and new buyers are apparently still finding their way on to dealers’ lots. A rundown of this year’s fall/winter national... Read more

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